An InfoSec Life | A Fireside Chat With NIST Fellow, Ron Ross, During ISSA International Summit 2019

By Sean Martin

In this fireside chat, Sean Martin discusses the profession of cybersecurity, past, present, and future with Dr. Ron Ross from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The interview covered a myriad of topics, including Dr. Ross’ cybersecurity career with the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and NIST; a retrospective of the key projects and cybersecurity initiatives he had led during his forty-five years of public service; mentoring the next generation of cybersecurity professionals; lessons learned; and key cybersecurity and privacy challenges and opportunities for the future.

An InfoSec Life | A Conversation with Alissa Valentina Knight

By Marco Ciappelli and Sean Martin

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."

I cannot think of a better way to start this intro chronicle to today's Episode. While it will become clear why this is the case as you listen to it, you will probably come to envision a movie made from this story. I sure saw one in my head while I was following along as Alissa was telling us about her many adventures.

The truth might be that I have quite an over sensitive imagination—nothing new there—but I really couldn't resist the impulse of pausing her long enough so I could grab a bucket of popcorn. I know it wasn't just me because Sean was listening quietly for a long time. If you know us, as you should by now, you are likely aware that for he and I, sitting quietly in the background is not an easy thing to do.

An InfoSec Life | A Conversation With Vandana Verma

By Marco Ciappelli

All right, ladies and gentlemen, it finally happened: Vandana Verma is my distinguished guest on this An InfoSec Life Podcast.

For those of you that haven't had the pleasure to meet her in person—Sean and I had this honor in Las Vegas this year—let me tell you, she is as nice as she sounds. In my opinion, there is nothing more valuable to add to someone's professionalism and skills than a big heart. It helps to make them a role model and an inspiration for any just entering—or that are about to enter—their career in the InfoSec community.

An InfoSec Life | A Conversation With Chris Cochran

By Sean Martin & Marco Ciappelli

For ITSPmagazine's An InfoSec Life column Marco and I had the pleasure to speak with a connection we made through a mutual cyber friend from the EU. Our guest today, Chris Cochran, served his country, made the move into the infosec industry, and is also a fellow podcaster where he discusses all things appsec and human element. While he is often the host of his own show, Chris joins us today to tell his own InfoSec life story. It’s one you won’t want to miss.

An InfoSec Life | A Conversation With Magda Chelly

By Marco Ciappelli

For ITSPmagazine's An InfoSec Life column I had the pleasure to talk with a talented and experienced CyberSecurity professional, an Hacker, a CISO, a 'CyberFeminist' whom, with great passion, supports and promotes women’s and other minorities’ involvement in the InfoSec Community. She is also a business person that makes cultural differences—she speaks seven languages—a key point of her understanding and promotion of cybersecurity model in enterprises and in our everyday life.

Let’s Broaden the Definition of Diversity in InfoSec

By Selena Templeton

Selena Templeton chats with Tracy Maleeff, cyber analyst in a SOC at GSK, about the importance of diversity in cybersecurity — not the typical diversity bullet points that people always talk about  (gender and race), but rather, a diversity of backgrounds. Tracy started her career as a librarian before realizing that her “natural paranoia and distrust of things was a career path,” which led her to InfoSec.

There Are Many Paths Into InfoSec And Almost Any Background Is An Asset

By Selena Templeton

Selena Templeton chats with Sarah Young, Azure Security and Compliance Global Blackbelt at Microsoft, about her non-linear journey into InfoSec. There are plenty of ways into the industry and almost every background – librarian, psychologist, physician, historian  – can be an asset. Sarah is one such person, and in today’s episode, she shares entertaining stories and helpful nuggets of advice around mentoring, studying, getting hands-on experience, attending security conferences, etc.

Ethical Hackers And The Misinterpretation Of The Law: Chapter One

By Sean Martin

Sean Martin chats with Amit Elazari of UC Berkeley School of Information, and Leonard Bailey of the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division. Today’s topic looks at the life of a hacker, the challenges they face from both a liability and legal perspective, and how organizations deal with the research activities they encounter from both cybercriminals and ethical hackers alike.

RSAC 2019 | Be An Ally, Not an Asshole

By Selena Templeton

Having entered the cybersecurity space just three years ago, no one was more surprised than Selena Templeton to find herself speaking at RSA Conference 2019. In this recap, she shares her experience joining with Karen Worstell, W Risk Group founder, to talk about “Cybersecurity’s Dirty Little Secret and Talent Grenade: Burnout,other sessions on mental health in cybersecurity, and the overall feeling of camaraderie, openness, healthiness, and mutual support at the conference.

RSA Conference San Francisco 2019 | Fulfilling Our Mission of Supporting the Community At The Intersection Of IT Security And Society

By Sean Martin

After nearly a few decades in the InfoSec industry, Sean Martin has a deep look back at RSA Conference in San Francisco to see how things have changed, what was top-of-mind this year, and how the community aspect of the conference this year made for one of the best events yet for Sean, the ITSPmagazine team, and the publication overall.

Chats on the Road to RSAC 2019 | CISO Current Trends And Missing Trends | With Jason Fruge

By Sean Martin

In today’s chat, Sean Martin connects with Jason Fruge, CISO at Fossil, who reviews some of the trends he and his fellow CISOs are discussing, along with some of the things they may not be thinking about. These points lead us to the activities and events in which Jason is participating during RSA Conference, including a panel he is on, session themes he will be investigating, and other topics he will be exploring with his peers also in attendance during the week.

Chats on the Road to RSAC 2019 | (Girl) Scouting for Talent: The Solution in the Next Generation | With Sylvia Acevedo

By Selena Templeton and Sean Martin

In today’s chat, Sean and Selena connect with Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, to give us a sneak peek into her RSA Conference talk, called (Girl) Scouting for Talent: The Solution in the Next Generation. A former Girl Scout herself, Sylvia shares how her career as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory started with the Girl Scouts. We also chat about some of the Girl Scouts’ latest initiatives, like their STEM pledge to add 2.5 million girls to the STEM pipeline by 2025, diversity and inclusion, and the technology talent pipeline.

Chats on the Road to RSAC 2019 | Tales of a Teenage Security Supergirl | With Kyla Guru

By Sean Martin and Selena Templeton

In today’s chat, Sean and Selena connect with Kyla Guru, 16-year-old founder and CEO of Bits N’ Bytes Cybersecurity Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and equipping citizens — young and old — with the cybersecurity skills needed to help prevent future cyber-attacks. Get ready to be inspired by Kyla and follow her lead to take action, beginning with the future generation of InfoSec professionals!

Chats on the Road to RSAC 2019 | Cybersecurity Starts With Mental Security | With Ryan Louie

By Sean Martin

Mental health is a topic we care deeply about at ITSPmagazine and we were thrilled to have the chance to connect with Ryan Louie, a board-certified Psychiatrist focusing on the psychiatry of entrepreneurship and the mental health impact of cybersecurity, to get a sneak peek into his interactive session on this very topic during RSA Conference 2019.

A Conversation About The Importance Of Volunteering In The Cybersecurity Community

By Marco Ciappelli | Co-host Selena Templeton
A conversation with Kathleen Smith

On this conversation Selena Templeton will help me dig into a subject that is very dear to Kathleen: the importance of volunteering in the cybersecurity community as an opportunity for learning new technical and non-technical skills that benefit personal growth and support career advancement.

Volunteering is good for the people who do it and for the company that supports it.

Chats On The Road To RSAC 2019 | Why The Role Of CISO Sucks And What We Should Do to Fix It! | With Gary Hayslip And Rick McElroy

By Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli

On today's podcast, we want to share with you what motivated them to present this talk to such a large audience. They/we believe that people are ready to make changes and, as leaders in the space, CISOs need to take the matter into their own hands — starting by helping each other. It’s time to peel back the cover, have these conversations, and collaborate with their peers while being a good role model to their team.

My Story About Diversity In Cybersecurity. By Avishag Daniely

As part of ITSPmagazine’s “Share Your Own Story” initiative, Avishag Daniely, Director of Product Management at Guardicore, shares her story about the intersection of diversity, technology, life, and the challenges and inspirations she encountered along her journey into cybersecurity.

We Can/t Get In: A Newly Abled/Disabled Voice Behind Attending CES

By Mandy L.

As a survivor of multiple strokes and traumatic brain injuries — effectively paralyzed for years, learning disabled, and on the Autism Spectrum — Mandy shares the experience of attending CES 2019 from a “newly abled” point of view. Despite maneuvering around challenges that most of us don’t think twice about, her interest in cybersecurity and penetration testing pushed her to attend this conference — and offer several suggestions to make events like these more disabled-friendly.

Empower Yourself: From Cyberbullying to a Career in InfoSec Privacy

By Selena Templeton | Co-host Marco Ciappelli

Selena Templeton and co-host Marco Ciappelli chat with Whitney Merrill, a privacy and data attorney who also founded the crypto village at DEFCON, about cyberbullying, anonymity and privacy rights. In this inspiring story, Whitney recounts how being cyberbullied in high school, and the frustration of being told by teachers and police that they couldn’t trace the user, led directly to her career in information security, privacy and the law

AI Robots Are Developing Prejudices Because Of Us Mere Mortals

By Selena Templeton | Co-host Marco Ciappelli

Selena Templeton and co-host Marco CIappelli chat with Ariel Herbert-Voss, a Ph.D. student at Harvard University with a focus on adversarial machine learning, about artificial intelligence, machine learning and unconscious bias. It’s no secret that algorithms are, or can be, inherently biased but the issue is not technology – the issue is about human nature. And we can only build something that is fair if we are.